Analyses on specific aspects related to press and media freedom, performed and published by research centres, non-governmental organizations and public bodies

Guidelines for EU support to media freedom and media integrity in enlargement countries, 2014-2020

No country can join the EU without guaranteeing freedom of expression as a basic human right (Article 49 of the EU Treaty). This document, released by DG Enlargement in February 2014, presents the main points in the EU enlargement agenda on media freedom and integrity

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Gasping for air. Soft censorship in the Hungarian media in 2014

The report by Mertek Media Monitor unveils how state control over Hungarian media is unfolding “slowly but surely”, and how it is exerted in particular through strategic allocation of state advertising, which influences market competition and editorial policies

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State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe

The Council of Europe report on the State of Democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe reveals a striking decline with regard to freedom of the media in 2014: lack of freedom of expression and media freedom is listed among the most serious challenges and affects 8 member States

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Travel guide to the digital world: surveillance and digital standards

The Guide on Surveillance and Digital Standards released by the Centre for Law and Democracy provides a survey of the digital surveillance landscape and the relevant international standards

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Getting the facts right - Reporting ethnicity & religion

A study realised by Media Diversity Institute on media coverage of ethnicity and religion in Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom

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Report by the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights following his visit to Serbia

This report by Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (CoE), following his visit to Serbia from 16 to 20 March 2015, assesses the state of human rights in Serbia, devoting attention to media freedom in the country. Among the issues raised by the Commisioner there is the importance of the ongoing process of privatization, the recurrence of attacks against journalists and the lack transparency in media funding

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A difficult profession. Media freedom under attack in the Western Balkans

A 2015 Human Rights Watch report documents the hostile environment in which journalists work in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia

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Protection of media freedom in Europe

This 2015 report on media freedom shades light on the deterioration of the safety of journalists and media freedom in Europe

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Report by the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights following his visit to Bulgaria

This Report by Nils Muiznieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, follows his visit to Bulgaria from 9 to 11 February 2015. The situation of media is one of the worring elements which called for the attention of the Commissioner.

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A free and pluralistic media to sustain European democracy

This report presents the final recommendations drawn by the European Commission High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism, established in October 2011 with the task to provide a set of recommendations for the respect and the promotion of pluralism and freedom of the media in Europe

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